⚡ TIGHT STERNOCLEIDOMASTOIDS ⚡
These are muscles which help to turn our necks left and right. They sit at the front of our neck. But what do yours look like when you are sitting/standing at rest? Take a look in the mirror or get someone to check you front-on.
Do they look like the pic on the left or right? ✅ Left = Relaxed, flat, soft ❌ Right = Tight, sticking out at the front at both sides to form a V-shape, hollow space in the middle of neck
If you have a neck that looks like the one on the right, your neck muscles are on tension and your head could be moving too far out from your body. This can be linked to headaches, neck pain, and upper back tightness.
Regular stretches and correct exercises to change your posture can make long term changes. More on this shortly!
~ SCIATIC PAIN ~
Sciatic pain refers to nerve pain that radiates from your lower back, down the back aspect of your buttock and leg. It can affect so many of us. Often the muscles which squeeze the sciatic nerve coming from your lower back can cause, or exacerbate the pain. I've found soft tissue therapy to be very effective in reducing this muscular compression on the nerve and by correcting muscular imbalance, this can reduce symptoms within a few days or even just 1 or 2 treatments.
If you think you might have similar symptoms then please get in touch to see how I can help😊
Today I'd like to share 3 simple calf stretches you can do at home, or in the office. These can be extremely useful in reducing cramps, increasing flexibility, and managing muscle soreness. If you would like to know more about how I can help you, please give me a call or message me today 😊
Does sitting at a desk for work cause you low back discomfort? Low back pain can be the result of incorrect posture, repetitive movement, muscular balances (e.g. in your hips) and other underlying issues. Treatment for low back pain starts with identifying the cause and then manipulation of the muscles to release any tightness, often going beyond the low back itself. Your Occupational Therapist can help you resolve back pain by effectively releasing tightness and the amazing Physios at @happyphysio can help you with strengthening to make sure your back pain relief is long term! Contact me anytime to chat about how 🙂
Happy Tuesday everyone. Here's a throwback to Chloe who undertook a number of soft tissue treatments during her pregnancy. Are you an expectant mother and interested in a pregnancy management plan to keep you smiling? Give me a call today and I'll be happy to talk you through how soft tissue therapy can help😊🤰🏻
✨ CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME ✨
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be managed with the correct combination of rest and using your hands differently. A soft comfortable splint like this can greatly help to reduce the numbness/tingling in your fingers; often in the first 6 weeks if you start treatment early. Feel free to chat to me anytime about recovery options👌🏼 🙂
✨ WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY? ✨
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a very broad profession with various specialty areas, a bit similar to how doctors may specialise in different fields. It’s found in many settings – you may have come across an Occupational Therapist (OT) in a hospital, private practice, at work or a corporate environment, or as a home-visiting therapist.
The common philosophy of all OT areas, is that it optimises how you function in day-to-day activity and promotes your quality of life, whether it be cognitive or physical in nature. Occupational Therapists use a variety of treatment techniques and work with individuals of all ages. It’s common for an occupational therapist to consider the social and mental impact of your presenting problem, and throughout your recovery journey.
✨ THUMB ARTHRITIS ✨
Ever wondered what to do with thumb arthritis? A splint like this one can be highly effective in reducing pain and allows you to use your hand for daily activity! Many of my patients find them comfortable, easy to use and long lasting, which is a huge plus for pain and for the pocket. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about managing arthritic pain. 😊
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Forearm tightness is a common problem for those who work at a desk or computer, also for those who use their arms, wrists, or fingers often, like musicians and new mums. Here's a couple of simple forearm stretches you can try to alleviate the tension and pain.
~ Hold each for 30 secs, and give them a go every few hours (your muscles recoil every 3 hours or so after a stretch)! ~ If you need extra help with forearms tightness or pain, feel free to get in touch to arrange a consult 🙂